Village council says Israel builds watchtower near Salfit 23Oct11 October 23, 2011

Ma’an News Agency  -  22 October 2011

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have started the construction of a watchtower near the illegal settlement outpost of Nofei Nehemia, the head of a local village council said Saturday.

Samir Hareis, head of Iskaka’s village council in the Salfit district, told Ma’an that the watchtower was being built to monitor Palestinian farmers and citizens in the village.

The outpost of Nofei Nehamia is built on private Palestinian land, Hareis added. It is located east of the Ariel settlement, which has a population of nearly 20,000 people.

Israeli authorities have erected several fences and annexed private land while constructing the watchtower, which is being built around the clock, Hareis said.

Israel considers settlement outposts built in the West Bank without government approval to be illegal, and often sends security personnel to demolish them. They usually consist of little more than a few trailers.

The international community considers all settlements built in the occupied West Bank, including annexed East Jerusalem, to be illegal.

Some 500,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, amidst a population of over 2.5 million Palestinians in the same territory.


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